At Harvard, we believe universities have an “accountability to the future”—a special role and a special responsibility in confronting the challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. Our entire community of students, staff and faculty is dedicated to advancing solutions to these global challenges both through cutting-edge academic research and by translating research into action on campus.
We are committed to developing and maintaining an environment that enhances human health and fosters a transition toward sustainability. University-wide sustainability goals provide a clear roadmap for building a healthier, more resilient campus. One of our primary goals, which President Drew Faust, the Deans, and the Corporation adopted in 2008, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2016, including growth, from a 2006 baseline. To learn more about the University’s greenhouse gas reduction goal and other sustainability principles—including the environmentally responsible management of energy, water, waste, emissions, transport, building design and renovation, and procurement– visit http://green.harvard.edu/commitment.
The law school leads the University’s dedication to this commitment through its housing policies, guidelines, and expectations. Through the Harvard Law Green Living Program, coordinated by the Harvard Office for Sustainability and supported by Facilities Management and the Dean of Students Office, each law school residence hall has a Green Living Representative (Rep) who provides information to residents, hosts events, and coordinates campaigns to promote more sustainable living in residence halls and across campus. The Reps also work together and with other student organizations on sustainability projects, such as waste audits, the 1L Green Cup Competition, a water taste test, a holiday rideshare, and reuse events including Freecycles and the Fashion Swapaganza. For more information about Sustainability at HLS, visit http://www.law.harvard.edu/about/administration/facilities/energy/index.html and http://green.harvard.edu/schools-units/law-hls.
Download the Sustainability at HLS brochure here.